Three books from the Elephant and Piggie Series by Mo Willems have been nominated in the Cybils Easy Reader and Short Chapter book category.
We’ve enjoyed all the books we’ve read in this series. They were the first books M read on her own. The text is quite simple and repetitive, but the repetition often comes in the form of conversation so it doesn’t feel forced. The stories are always hilarious, and the art gives them the feel of an easy reader graphic novel.
Elephants Cannot Dance
Piggie wants to give dancing lessons to his friends but Gerald (Elephant) insists that elephants cannot dance. The friends learn that dancing takes many forms and everyone has something to teach. Every member of our family loves this one. M read it to me twice in a row which is high praise indeed.
Are You Ready to Play Outside?
This is my favorite of the series so far. Piggie plans a day outside but rain threatens to ruin her plans. Instead, she discovers new ways of fun. A message I often forget to take to heart when my plans are derailed.
What Me Throw the Ball
Piggie finds a ball that Gerald threw. Piggie wants to throw the ball, but Gerald cautions her that throwing is a skill that takes lots of practice. Piggie is undaunted. When she throws the ball and it flies behind her, she doesn’t let this stop her from celebrating her “Super Pig” throwing powers. M snatched this one to read herself before I got to read it, and then wanted me to read it out loud to her and C.